Members

Spreading the joy of dance and promoting understanding and acceptance of diversity.

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Melanie Kasdon

was born in Boston, MA and raised in Norwood, MA.  "My favorite style of dance is contemporary jazz and I am a financial analyst."

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Henry Kasdon

was born in San Antonio, TX and raised in Weston, MA.  "I am a devout B-boy, instruct dance, coach sports, DJ and do real estate development."

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Rachel Buffer

is from North Brunswick, NJ.  "My favorite style of dance is hip-hop and I am a full time student graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and marketing.  I also work as a fashion buyer’s assistant for Newbury Comics."

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Christin Collins

was born in Dorchester, MA and raised in Weston, MA.  "My favorite style of dance is Broadway jazz and I am a dance teacher at studios and universities throughout the greater Boston area and a professional contemporary dancer/performer."

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Phil Tomlinson

was born in Boston, MA and raised in Randolph, MA. "My favorite style of dance is hip-hop and I am an architectural designer."

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Greg Dunlap

Greg was born in Cambridge, MA. Greg started performing in 2001 and has not stopped since. His favorite style of dance is hip hop. He is also Systems Engineer in the Cyber Security industry.

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Natalie Schiera

Natalie grew up in Palos Park, IL and started dancing at a young age in styles of ballet, jazz, modern, tap and hip hop. She came to Boston in 2008 to study graphic design and advertising at Boston University, and as a recent graduate she works as a graphic designer downtown. At Boston University, Natalie danced and choreographed for BU's Dance Theatre Group and today choreographs for this group as an alum.

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Chelsey Melo

Chelsey graduated in 2010 from Dean College with a B.A. in dance.  While at Dean she performed in numerous dance productions including Cabaret, the annual student choreographed dance showcase.  For the last two years Chelsey has performed with Fusionworks II, a modern dance company based out of Rhode Island.  This is her first year with Tribe and looks forward to the year to come!

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Ester Maxman

Ester Maxman is a native of Houston, TX, but has lived in the Boston area for the majority of her life. Ester began her athletic career as a Rhythmic Gymnast, training competitively in multiple competitions from the State to National level. She began dancing in 2003 taking hip hop classes, which later lead to jazz, modern and contemporary classes. With her previous gymnastics training she is able to apply her techniques to various styles of dance. Currently, Ester is a teacher at the Brookline Academy of Dance and is a proud new member of Tribe: The Dance Company.

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Katie Suyematsu

Katie Suyematsu grew up in Wellesley, MA where she trained at Kathy McCrohon Dance Center and Miss Michelle's Center for the Performing Arts in the following styles of dance: ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, and acrobatics. She graduated from Roger Williams University in 2014 where she earned her BA in dance. During her time at RWU she had the opportunity to study abroad in London on the Dance and Theatre Program in the fall of 2012. Katie currently teaches dance at Miss Michelle's Center for the Performing Arts in Wellesley, MA and KC Dance Expressions in Raynham, MA.

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Ariana Noe

Ariana Noe graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she majored in Hospitality Management and minored in dance. She has been a member of the Sally Gould and UNH dance companies. She loves traveling to Europe, eating Annie's Mac and Cheese and spending time with friends, family and her two dogs.

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Cara Evans

With experience in various regional and equity musical theatre productions and 20 years of dance performance, Cara's passion is to use the arts to uplift and encourage others. She is grateful for the opportunity to perform with Tribe in her favorite city!

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Charlene Williams

Charlene works at the Office of the General Counsel at BU and teaches level two tap at Dance Explosion. She is applying to graduate schools in the Boston area and hoping to get her masters in either social work or school counseling.

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Emily Bloomenthal

Emily danced and choreographed for the Williams Dance Company, Sankofa Step Team, MOKA, and in South Africa while studying at the University of Cape Town. She was an apprentice at Ann Reinking's Broadway Theatre Project and has performed with Forty Steps Dance, Roots in Revolution, Grupo Ribeiro, and H.T. Chen & Dancers. When she's not dancing, Emily is a Research Fellow in the Student Social Support R&D Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Erin McNulty

Erin began her dance training at Dance Track Studio in Wakefield, MA. She then went on to attend Keene State College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a specialization in Choreography and Performance, and a minor in Management. Erin enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for dance with her students at various dance studios and public schools in the Boston area.

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Melissa Webster

Melissa began her love for dance north of Boston, where she now teaches numerous dance classes.  She enjoys choreographing pieces and inspiring the next generation of dancers. She has danced in Tribe The Dance Company and hip hop based group U.S Crew, where she has made lasting friendships on the dance floor. Melissa is currently fulfilling her passion of hip hop dance in Rainbow Tribe's all female hip hop company Linx,x and is so excited to be back in Tribe.

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Tatjana Dottin

Tatjana began dancing at age 9 at Roxbury School of Performing Arts. She has also danced with Unyted Stylz, under the leadership of Ricardo Foster Jr. In 2013, Tatjana created a pilot program called Dance Therapy at Wayside Youth & Family Support Network. Dance Therapy targeted adolescents who experienced trauma and provided them with an expressive outlet to decrease negative behaviors. Tatjana hopes to continue linking dance and therapy to benefit patients with mental health concerns.

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Jeryl Palana

Jeryl graduated from Dean College with a B.A. in dance. She currently teaches at The Cambridge School of Weston and other dance schools throughout MA. She has performed with Unyted Stylz Crew, StreetHyPE, Spunk & Company, Anna Meyer & Dancers and Impact Dance Company. Being a member of these groups has allowed her to perform in various shows throughout New England and in videos for Erika Van Pelt and other independent and upcoming artists. She has also worked with Gaspard & Dancers in North Carolina.

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Kristina Mello

Kristina is from Tiverton, RI and has lived in Boston for 10 years. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 2007, and danced on the EC Dance team from 2004-2007. Kristina joined the Unyted Stylz family in 2010, and is now a proud member of Linx! "Hip hop is my foundation and my passion, and I am so excited for the journey ahead."

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Tina Boaz

Tina fell in love with dance at age 4 while taking balet. She continued her training at Hazel Boone Dance Studio in Canton, MA for the next 13 years training in ballet, jazz and street funk. Tina honed in on her passion for hip hop, and joined Synergy at Boston College. She has danced with StreetHYpE and is currently dancing and choreographing with Unyted Stylz Crew. Tina is thrilled to be embarking on a new dance journey and is grateful to continue growing as an artist alongside such talented women.

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Darkia Anderson

Darkia Anderson joined Tribe in 2016!

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Julia Amaral

Julia started studying dance at Center Stage Dance Academy under the direction of former Tribe member Tiffany Prout-Leiteo. After high school, she went on to earn her BFA in Dance from Long Island University. She returned to Massachusetts to teach and dance in her home state and this brought her back to Tribe!

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Juliana Willey

Juliana joined Tribe in 2016!

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Amanda Sheehan

Amanda joined Embrace in 2016!

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Ben Walton

Ben joined Tribe & Bside in 2016!

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Jimmy Le

Jimmy joined Bside in 2016!

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